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King University News :: King University Announces Fall Graduate & Professional Studies Programs

BRISTOL, Tenn. June 20, 2014 – This fall, working adults in Tennessee and Southwest Virginia will have the opportunity to complete their associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree from King University.

King offers programs specifically designed with the adult learner in mind through the University’s Graduate and Professional Studies Online Programs (GPS) as well as numerous courses for students who wish to transition from an associate degree to a bachelor’s degree.

“Our GPS program is tailored to reduce the challenges facing the adult learner.  Time and access often a barrier for students to finish their degree,” said John King, vice president of Development and Enrollment Management for King University. “By offering classes in both convenient locations, one night per week, or in an online format, the working adult may obtain their degree in as little as 16 months and open the door for professional advancement.”

Adults who are beginning to pursue a college degree or who have completed fewer than 60 semester hours of coursework will benefit from participating in King’s Pathway program. Offered at the University’s Bristol and Knoxville campuses, Pathway allows students to complete all general education and elective requirements so they can smoothly transition into their degree coursework.

The fall 2014 GPS degree offerings for Bristol include Pathway and baccalaureate degrees in Business Administration, Information Technology, and RN-BSN. Master’s programs include Education and both traditional and professional Business Administration degrees. The Bachelor of Business Administration degree will also be offered in Blountville.

Students, at King’s Kingsport campus, have bachelor’s degree options that include Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Healthcare Administration, and RN-BSN. Master’s degree programs include Business Administration, Nursing with specializations areas including Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, and Nursing Education. Nursing graduate students may also opt for the MSN-MBA dual degree option.

Southwest Virginia residents will have the opportunity to study for their bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and RN-BSN in Big Stone Gap. King’s instructional site in Richlands will offer both bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in Business Administration.

King also offers Business Administration and RN-BSN degree program in Morristown and Strawberry Plains. Students in Sevierville have the opportunity to study for their Business Administration degree.

Recent expansion at King’s Knoxville campus has allowed for additional degree offerings for area residents. Knoxville-area residents’ degree offerings include Pathway, Business Administration, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Communication, Criminal Justice, Healthcare Administration, Information Technology, Psychology, and Nursing (both traditional BSN and RN-BSN). Graduate programs include Business Administration, Education, and Nursing with specializations areas including Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, and Nursing Education. Knoxville Nursing graduate students may also opt for the MSN-MBA dual degree option.

Blount County and Harriman, Tenn., area residents will have the opportunity to earn their degree Business Administration or RN-BSN degree.

King’s newest campus, located in Franklin, Tenn., will be offering greater Nashville-area students baccalaureate degrees in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Health Informatics, and RN-BSN. Graduate programs include Business Administration and Nursing.

Students also now have the option of obtaining their King University degree online. “We are excited to provide working adults with additional ways to obtain a quality degree and further their education,” said King. “Our degree programs are intended to build knowledge and practice in the field, as well as foster professional integrity, and promote personal growth.”

Online degree options include Associate of Arts along with bachelor’s degrees in Applied Science, Business Administration, Communication, Criminal Justice, English, Health Informatics, Healthcare Administration, History, Information Technology, Interdisciplinary Studies, Psychology, Religious Studies, and RN-BSN. Master’s degree programs available online include Business Administration, and Nursing with specializations in Nursing Administration and Nursing Education. Nursing graduate students may also study online for their dual degree in Business Administration and Nursing. Visit for details.

King University has been granted approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states, to implement the Doctor of Nursing Practice program beginning with the fall 2014 semester in August.

King’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program will have a blended format curriculum of online and on-site coursework. The students will participate in three face-to-face colloquia at King’s Hardin Valley campus in Knoxville, Tenn. Additional information on King’s new DNP program can be found at

Applications are now being accepted for fall enrollment. For more information about King’s Graduate Professional Studies and Online Programs degree options available in Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, or financial aid opportunities, visit or contact the King University Office of Admissions at (800) 362-0014 or  Applications may also be submitted online at


King University is a Presbyterian, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King University, visit King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.